Bear is five.

It’s crazy to think five years ago, I won the lottery.

That’s exactly how I felt when Is aw Bear for the very first time. It honestly felt like I won the lottery. Life couldn’t have gotten any better.

I just love this little boy so much. He’s my world, my encourager, my coach, one of my best friends, and he’s just an amazing kid.

I love him so.

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I can’t wait to see what his future will bring.

Happy Birthday, Bear. I wish you love, success, happiness, and a wonderful life. My beautiful child.

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Garden Update!

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Going to Home Depot has now become a tradition of sorts. 

My new home project of creating a garden is fully underway. (Click here for a refresher.) Here’s an update on how things are coming along:

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Here is an updated picture of the small and cozy garden. Let’s go by each plant. Construction toys are not included.

Bell Peppers:

I’m super excited at how the bell peppers are growing! The red ones are on the right, and if you remember when I purchased the plant, it looked like this:

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It was the verge of dying. So, all she needed was some love and care!

Tomatoes:

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I am legit surprised at how fast these are growing. I’m going need to invest in a cage but I need to see what’s going to happen with these tomatoes before I do get one. But wow!

Lavender:

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This is also growing pretty fast! I’m growing the lavender primarily for fragrance, and have a natural home scent. I love how they’re turning out!

Strawberries:

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I’m still unsure about the strawberries, but it’s only been a couple of weeks so I need to have some patience. But they seem to be doing well.

Succulents:

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Apparently succulents need food? I was always under the impression they only needed sun and water. Nevertheless, I picked some up and sprayed a little on the succulents we have.

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I used an old planter we had for a minute and moved the two recent succulents we’ve purchased. The one on the left is what Bear personally picked out. He really loves to garden now.

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Or play toys. Mainly his toys.

Gerbera Daisy:

I picked up this gerbera daisy and planter because I wanted so more color in our little backyard. She’s blooming so it’s working! Plus, I just love how that planter looks! I’m so in love with it.

Calendula:

I picked up these calendula seeds from Whole Paycheck…erm, Whole Foods, a while back. Apparently I can eat the petals and steam them in tea. I’ll keep that in mind.

I planted them in a spare planter so we’ll see what happens! I hope the bees do their magic!

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Avocado:

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I’m still on the fence on planting an avocado seed. I read up it can take at least 3-4 years to grow from a seed, and I’m not sure if I have that kind of patience. My mother suggested I just buy a mini-tree and plant it. I think I’m going to do that.

Ethan and my Granny:

For those new to my blog, I have a son before Bear, who died in infancy several years ago, so I often honor him in many ways. To the left, the cross I’m holding is a similar one to the one we buried him. To the right, my late Granny used to love butterflies (which is why I also love butterflies), and she always loved the Monarch one. My Granny had a garden in her backyard as I was growing up and I think I inherited my green thumb from her. I decided to honor them both in the garden.

The added addition of the butterfly and the cross gives the garden a sentimental and spiritual feel. They’re always with me.

I’m still working on my compost but I think I need to pay more attention to it. I’ve been ignoring it and really, it’s not something I should be ignoring. It doesn’t smell too bad (it does smell, to keep it one hundred), but I need to start doing more with it or just toss it.

I have an orange tree I’m still trying to get some more fruit from. When we first moved in, it only had one orange and now it has six. So, I just need to be patient with that one.

Gardening is a labor of love, but I take a lot of pride in my little garden. I’m just blessed to even have one!

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